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this website and its content is copyright of jsa actors ltd trading as safa/screen acting and film academy.  this company was originally established in 2012 as the UK Screen Acting Academy Ltd an organisation designed by julie mcgowan to provide actors from beginners to professionals with the opportunity, training and tools to enable all students the ability to pursue a career in acting for film and television.  safa now has actors in major feature films and tv shows and continues to provide a service that gives all actors the opportunity to pursue a career in acting. 

safa - where students become stars!

WHAT WE DO

WE TEACH WITH A SYSTEMATIC PROCESS THAT THE ACTOR CAN THEN USE ON SET.  WE USE ALL THREE THEORISTS TO APPROACH EACH SCENE TO DEVELOP AND ENRICH THE CHARACTER AND PERFORMANCE.

FIRST - LEARN YOUR LINES.  THE FIRST THING THAT WE DO IS GET YOU OFF THE PAGE QUICKLY.  THIS IS A TEDIOUS PROCESS BUT THE FASTER YOU DO THIS, THE FASTER YOU WILL LEARN.  YOU'RE ACTING WILL ONLY DEVELOP ONCE YOU ARE OFF THE PAGE.  DO THIS QUICKLY AND DO THIS AT HOME. 

 

SECOND - ANALYSE THE SCRIPT

IN CLASS YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO ANALYSE THE SCRIPT, BREAK IT DOWN LINE BY LINE, MAKE CHOICES AND WRITE DOWN OUR 'SECOND SCRIPT'  MORE DETAILS ON 'THE SECOND SCRIPT' IN CLASS.

THIRD - BEYOND THE SCRIPT

WE OBSERVE AND MAKE CHOICES ABOUT THE FELLOW ACTOR AND THE ENVIRONMENT.  WE ANALYSE THE CHOICES MADE IN THE SCRIPT, CONSIDER AND MAKE CHOICES ABOUT THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE CHARACTERS AND CARRY OUT 'BEFORE THE SCENE' IMPROVISED EXERCISES THAT HELPS THE ACTOR DEVELOP THE CHARACTER BEYOND THE SCRIPT.

FOURTH - FOURTH ELEMENT

WE EXAMINE THE FOUR ELEMENTS: 1st - WHAT AM I SAYING, 2ND - WHY AM I SAYING THAT, 3RD - HOW DOES THAT MAKE ME FEEL, AND 4TH - HAVE I EVER FELT LIKE THAT BEFORE.  YOU THEN LEARN HOW TO USE THE FOURTH ELEMENT TO DRIVE THE SCENE FORWARD

ONCE WE HAVE DONE THE BACKGROUND WORK.  WE REHEARSE, NOT FOR MONTHS, BUT FOR HOURS, WE GIVE YOU DIRECTIONAL WORK, GET YOU TO CHANGE, MOVE, ALTER YOUR CHOICES SO THAT WHEN YOU GO TO CASTINGS YOU LEARN HOW TO STEP OUTSIDE YOUR OWN CHOICES AND YOU ARE MORE PLIABLE FOR DIRECTORS TO WORK WITH.

THEN WE GET YOU ON SET.  WE GET YOU WORKING WITH PROPS, SET, SITTING, STANDING, HITTING YOUR MARK, MOVING ON CUE, REDOING TAKES, MAKING SURE YOU ARE WORKING CONSISTENTLY, LEARNING CONTINUITY.

THEN YOUR WORK IS EDITED AND PUT UP ON YOUTUBE FOR YOU TO THEN USE IN YOUR SHOWREEL OR SHARE AMONGST FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

ALL OF THIS CAN BE FILMED IN AS LITTLE AS FOUR Weeks AND THEN IT'S A NEW SCRIPT AND STARTING THE WHOLE PROCESS ALL OVER AGAIN.  THIS FAST TURN AROUND GIVES YOU A HUGE BODY Of WORK AND A LOT OF EXPERIENCE IN CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, MAKING YOU A RICHER, MORE EXPERIENCED ACTOR FOR WORKING IN THE INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALLY.

SAFA - Screen Acting and Film Academy.  Acting in Glasgow.